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Mira Mesa Presbyterian Preschool

8081 Mira Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 578-2160


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Curriculum means a written plan that includes: 1. Goals for children's development and learning. 2. The experiences through which they will achieve these goals. 3. What staff and parents do to help children achieve these goals. 4. The materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Purchased and teacher-made games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Most instruction is given to the children by their teacher using centers set up in the classroom or outside on the playground. Children use their natural sense of curiosity and creativity to learn and absorb new information. Children do participate in a circle/group time each day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers find brief periods of time to work individually with children - even if they have no special needs. If parents request that their child recieve special enrichment we are willing to accomodate them.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mira Mesa Presbyterian Preschool is committed to sharing Christian values through a developmentally appropriate play-based program which encourages positive relationships and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual child while strengthening and supporting families in our community. Children learn best when they are:


A Typical Day

As parents sign their child into school they are greeted by the teacher. Children enter the classroom to use the materials set out by the teacher or those they select from the shelves. Children often engage in using wooden blocks, using the family living area or cars together. A process oriented art activity is offered every day. We encourage children to develop self-help skills - every child selects a "job" for the day. A very social time is enjoyed when the children eat together.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Connecting with parents is a vital part of our program. Teacher-Parent interaction begins in September with orientation day (before school begins). Later in September, we have an evening Open House and Pizza Dinner for families. In October and March there are Parent-Teacher Conference days - teachers share their observations of a child's development and how they are reaching developmental goals. January brings our Family Day (Saturday) at Preschool. Many interactive activities for parents and children to do together are set up on our playground and there is a BBQ. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classrooms. We even have special reading days so parents can come read stories in the classroom.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have several opportunities for the parent and child to visit school - the original tour, second tour when parent recieves enrollment papers, and an orientation day is held for each classroom prior to the "first" day. If the child is not able to engage in an activity and they are not able to stop crying when consoled by their teacher we do call parents for an early pickup. Class time may be shortened if needed for a few weeks.